Published: April 7, 2014
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed April the "Month of the Military Child." During this month, military-connected youth throughout the state will be recognized for the sacrifices they make while a parent serves in the Armed Forces.
Parents can register to receive a letter from the governor that recognizes military-connected youth as being our smallest heroes. Letters from the governor can be requested by visiting the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.MinnesotaVeteran.org.
Members of the public can show their support to military-connected youth by wearing purple and attending "Purple Up! Day," a recognition event at 9 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda on April 15.
The Month of the Military Child was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. This recognition reinforces military-connected youth that they play an integral role in supporting their service member.
For more information on all military youth activities this month, visit http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/momc/.
U.S. Senate Youth Applications Due Oct. 24
Minnesota 11th- or 12th-grade students who hold an elected office in student government or civic or community organization during the 2014-15 school year are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Established in 1962, the program offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two selected student leaders from each state, District of Columbia and the Dept. of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, March 7-14, 2015, experiencing their national government in action. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Website.